Stopped in at the resturant for a quick snack on our way to the Gila cliff dwellings. We decided that the "toadstool" and "roasted veggie chutney" appetizers sounded great, and it was far better than expectations. Paired with their own "small batch" porter, these gourmet appetizers really delivered. The toadstool, a fried, bredded portobello mushroom with a succulent herbed goat cheese was phenomenal! So rich and flavorful, my traveling partener and I forgot we were in the middle of nowhhere NM. The chutney delivered with a complex blend of tomatoes and veggies stacked on a fresh baguette. We immediately knew that we would return for q full meal.
That happened two days later. We returned for a full meal and were overwhelmed with the the quality of food and the service. We started with the "endive boats" that consisted of grapes, Roquefort cheese, radish bits, pistashios and pistashio vinagrette served on a four inch endive leaf. This was one of the most flavorful appetizers we have ever experienced. We paired this with a wonderful local cabernet, DH Lescombes from Demning NM, wonderful! The main course was quite possibly the most flavorful slice of flesh I have ever consumed! It was rare plus elk tenderloin with a complex blackberry port sauce. Absolutely mouth-watering! We followed that with an apple/strawberry crumble concoction with fresh vanilla ice cream that was noteworthy in its own rite.
I just realized that I haven't mentioned the service In any way. This is due to the flawless transparency of of the service. Ron, our absolutely overqualified in every way server, made us feel completely at home and educated us in the ways of proper selection, pairing and bird watching. Cutting this short; go there! Especially if you're not evan close....
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